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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 13:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.
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US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 13:29

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.

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U.N. envoy warns of deepening ethnic divisions in Myanmar

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 13:27

By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - A senior U.N. official on Saturday warned of a growing polarization between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims were deplorable. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, held a news conference at the end of a 10-day visit to the country and called on the government to tackle the recurring issue of inter-communal violence. Lee's itinerary included camps in the western state of Rakhine housing some 140,000 stateless Muslim Rohingya.

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On border, Obama prods GOP while citing progress

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 13:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.

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Dominant Nibali set to be crowned in Paris

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:51

By Julien Pretot PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) - Having dominated on all terrains, Vincenzo Nibali is set to win the Tour de France after avoiding any late dramas on Saturday in the penultimate stage, a 54-km time trial from Bergerac won by Tony Martin. Italian Nibali finished fourth in the stage, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant German - who clocked one hour six minutes 21 seconds - but will roll into Paris on Sunday with an overall lead of seven minutes 52 seconds. Jean-Christophe Peraud climbed to second overall ahead of compatriot Thibaut Pinot and France are now poised to have two riders on the podium for the first time since Laurent Fignon and Bernard Hinault finished first and second in 1984. Nibali will become the sixth man to win all three grand tours barring a crash in Sunday's processional final stage that ends on the Champs Elysees, and the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.

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Rocket kills four children in Egypt near Gaza border - sources

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:47
Four children were killed and five other people were injured when a rocket landed near their homes in Rafah, an Egyptian town in Sinai near the border with Gaza, security officials said on Saturday. Three security sources said the rocket was likely fired by Islamist militants operating in the Sinai peninsula, which borders Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The state news agency MENA said security officials were still investigating where the rocket had come from. The attacks surged after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year and the militants extended their reach to Egypt's mainland with a series of bombings, prompting the army to intensify its attacks on them in Sinai.
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Custody death to mar NYC mayor's return from Italy

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:41

ROME (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork.

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Hamilton and Magnussen start from pitlane

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:18
Mercedes title contender Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen will start Sunday's Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix from the pitlane with heavily rebuilt cars after qualifying setbacks on Saturday. Danish rookie Magnussen qualified 10th, despite not setting a time in the third session due to a heavy crash. McLaren said the car was badly damaged and the chassis and gearbox would have to be changed. McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier said that meant "obviously that he starts from the pitlane" due to mandatory penalties.
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Rosberg on pole, Hamilton on fire

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:18

By Alan Baldwin BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday while Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton saw his hopes go up in flames. Hamilton, 14 points behind Rosberg after 10 races, has won in Hungary for the past two years and four times in total and was the favourite for pole and the race after setting the pace in practice. Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second, equalling his best grid placing of the season, on an all-German front row. Finland's Valtteri Bottas starts third in a Williams with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fourth for Red Bull on an overcast afternoon that saw light rain fall between the second and final phase of qualifying.

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Chile Collahuasi miners down tools for 24 hours after worker dies

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:16
Workers at Chile's Collahuasi mine, one of the world's largest copper deposits, called a 24-hour work stoppage on Saturday after one of their colleagues died, possibly from infection. Morning-shift workers scheduled to head up to the mine, perched 4,440 meters above sea level in the rugged northern Andean region of Tarapaca, decided to down their tools after they heard about the death, the union told Reuters on Saturday. "Collahuasi's workers are having a workday of reflection, paralysing production areas for health and safety," the mine's union said on its Twitter page. Robinson Cruz Albornoz, who worked at the mine for 17 years, died on Friday in his hometown of Calama in northern Chile after suffering from symptoms that point to a possible meningococcal meningitis infection, regional health authorities said, according to Collahuasi.
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Russia criticises EU sanctions, raps U.S. over Ukraine role

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:11

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Russia's Foreign Ministry also accused the United States, which has already imposed its own sanctions against Moscow, of contributing to the conflict in Ukraine through its support for the pro-Western government in Kiev. The 28-nation EU reached an outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.

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Social Media Campaign Promotes Peace Between Arabs and Jews

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:06

A social media campaign – featuring the hashtag "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" – is encouraging people to post pictures demonstrating solidarity between Jews and Muslims to protest against the growing religious conflict in Palestine. As the death toll in the Israeli-Hamas conflict passed 1,000 and the Israeli bombardment of Hamas militant stronghold in the Gaza strip reached its 19th day, the #JewsandArabsrefusetobeenemies campaign went viral on Twitter, Facebook and Vine. People tweeted and recorded videos to promote coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Palestine and across the world. The campaign was launched by Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish, who are both students at Hunter College in New York.

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La Course is step in right direction for the women

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 12:05
By Julien Pretot PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) - Hours before Vincenzo Nibali is crowned men's Tour de France champion on Sunday, the winner of a one-day race will be lauded, most likely Marianne Vos, the Dutch great leading the push for women's cycling. 'La Course by Le Tour', an 89-km ride around Paris, was set up by organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) in response to a petition, signed by more than 97,000 people, calling for the return of the women's Tour de France for the first time since 1989. "Last year I got a tad grumpy because I was snowed under with hundreds and hundreds of emails, some by the top names in women's cycling saying, 'We want something to happen'," race director Christian Prudhomme told reporters. "When we met them they spoke about bike racing but also about exposure and media coverage." The women's event on Sunday is to be broadcast in 157 countries and prize money will be just under that for a Tour de France stage, the winner collecting 6,000 euros ($8,100) compared to 8,000 euros in the men's equivalent.
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U.S. evacuates Libya embassy after 'free-wheeling' militia violence

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 11:58

By Patrick Markey TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon and artillery fire in southern Tripoli near the embassy compound. The violence is the worst seen in Tripoli since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi. The fighting has killed at least 50 people, shut down most international flights and forced the United Nations and Turkey to pull out their diplomatic staff.

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Factbox - Hamilton's setbacks of the season

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 11:41
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes caught fire in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. The following factbox details the Briton's Formula One setbacks this season as he challenges team mate Nico Rosberg for the title. - - - - HUNGARY - July 27 Car caught fire in first phase of qualifying. Mercedes blamed a fuel leak. Hamilton, who qualified 21st, fears gearbox and engine will need changing which will incur a penalty. Briton set to start from pitlane. Rosberg on pole. - GERMANY - July 20 Front brake disc failed in first phase of qualifying. ...
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Nigeria Shi'ite leader says military kills 3 sons, 30 supporters

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 11:36
The leader of Nigeria's minority Shi'ite Muslims accused the military on Saturday of killing three of his sons and 30 of his supporters when they opened fire on a protest the previous day. The Shi'ites were protesting Israeli attacks on Gaza and also marching to observe of a religious holiday, in the northern city of Zaria, where Ibrahim Zakzaky's Islamic Movement of Nigeria is based, when a troop convoy tried to pass. Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said: "the convoy of soldiers who were held up in the traffic created by the procession were fired at from within the procession." They returned fire, killing nine of the marchers and two soldiers were wounded, he said by telephone. Though most of Nigeria's tens of millions of Muslims are Sunni, there are several thousand Shi'ites, mostly followers of Zakzaky, who established a movement inspired by the 1979 Iranian revolution.
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Defiant Cook will tough it out as England captain

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 10:55

Alastair Cook insisted on Saturday he was strong enough to tough out the attacks on his form and ability as England captain and would carry on in the role. "My position remains the same and I'm desperate to carry on because I love being England captain and it is an honour," Cook told reporters ahead of the third test against India starting on Sunday in Southampton. Kevin Pietersen, sacked by England in February, is the latest player to say Cook should quit because he isn't up to the job.

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Show must go on without big names, says Bolt

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 10:54

By Michael Hann GLASGOW (Reuters) – - Athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are among the best in the world and the event has not been affected by big name withdrawals, six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Saturday. With the likes of double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake forced to pull out of the Games with injury, the quality of the competition had been called into question. “I think the athletes that are here are top tier and they will try and perform,” Bolt, who will take part in his first Commonwealth Games after missing the 2006 and 2010 events, told reporters. It happens in the big Olympic Games and World Championships, sometimes just things go wrong at the last moment.” The arrival of the world record holder at 100m and 200m in Glasgow was met with great fanfare from the world's media and the 27-year-old posed for photographs in his customary "lightning bolt" celebration with children.

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Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce by four hours - government source

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 10:50
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has agreed to extend by four hours a humanitarian truce agreed with Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, an Israeli government source said, declining to be named. It was not immediately clear if Hamas Islamists, who control Gaza, had also agreed to prolong the original 12-hour ceasefire and continue the quiet until midnight (2200 BST). (Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer)
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'Domestic Abuse' Could Become a Specific Criminal Offence, says Cameron

Yahoo - DRC - 26 July, 2014 - 10:46

Prime Minister David Cameron may make domestic abuse a specific criminal offence, he said on Friday. In an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Cameron said Britain needs to "get to grips" with the serious problem of domestic abuse in the UK. He said: "Of course domestic violence is a crime. Domestic abuse is an umbrella term that includes physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, sexual assault and stalking.

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